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    January 2, 2013
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spectators and millions watching at home. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, january 2nd, 2013. good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. the american economy avoided a fiscal cliff but just barely. the house late last night passed the senate bill that avoids the tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to take effect later this year. the legislation raises tax rates on individuals with incomes of over $400,000 and $450,000 for couples. it raises taxes on the portions of estates that exceeds $5 million. long-term unemployment benefits have been extended, and across-the-board spending cuts have been put on hold for two months. tara mergener is in washington with more.
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tara, good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell. the standoff over the fiscal cliff is finally over. many house republicans and even some democrats did not like this bill, but enough ultimately relented. after months of debating and back room deals, congress has passed a bill which will pull the country back from the fiscal cliff. >> on this vote the yays are 257. the nays are 167. the bill extends the bush-era tax rates for individuals earning $400,000 per year and couples $450,000. it also delays across-the-board spends cuts. >> i'd like to speak for this bill but i can't. >> 151 voted against the bill because it doesn't address spending. >> what we're really doing is raising taxes to give the president more money to spend. >> president obama has promised to work with congress to find more spending cuts in the future, but he urged them not to
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play politics with the nation's debt limit. >> i will not have another debate with this congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they've already racked up. >> treasury secretary of state timothy geithner has warned congress the country is a few months away from defaults on its loans for the first time in u.s. history. >> consequences for the entire global economy would be catastrophic, far worse than the impact of a fiscal cliff. >> but many say the debt limit debate is the last chance femme them to secure the deep spending cuts necessary to pay down our nation's debt. and the bill now heads to president obama for his signature. terrell? >> tara mergener in washington this morning. trar, good to see you. thank you so much. still the measure passed with bipartisan support. the deal die provided the leadership in the house. speaker john wayner bane
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speaker john boehner and former gop leader paul ryan voted yes but house majority leader eric cantor who led a brief last-minute charge against the deal and kevin mccarthy voted no. earlier i had a chance to visit to politico's congressional reporter. we talked about how the bill got through the house and the political ramifications of sealing the deal. hughes republicans were earlier considering a deal with more spending cuts. it was different than what the senate had passed. what ended up happening? why did republicans change their minds? >> basically they knew if they tried to make any changes that the senate had already sent over to them, it would greatly prevent them getting it done before congress was sworn in at noon. harry reid, the senate majority leerksd said it's going to be very, very tough. a lot of them were tired. the senators were already home and they were waiting for the house to just sign off on it. so any changes, especially major changes, would have, could have really, really scuttled this thing from passing and getting to president obama's desk very quickly. >> is there any real winner in this scenario?
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can both sides walk away saying that they got something out of this deal? >> i think both sides could say they got something out of the deal, but think you see a lot more discontent among the republican ranks. you saw with the vote last night in the house, it was really the democrats who had to push it across the line. the republicans are not happy that there has to be tax increases on a small percentage of americans. they're not happy with nearly $4 trillion over a decade racking up the nation's debt. and several of the democrats are not happy about the deal either. but it's mostly the democrats and president obama that can claim victory here. you know, this is president obama who campaigned on this. this was his message as he was campaigning for his second term in office, and he was -- and this is the first major tax increase in about two decades. "cbs moneywatch" time on a wednesday. the world markets are reacting
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this morning to the fiscal cliff deal. and how will the agreement affect your paycheck? ashley morrison here in new york with more on that. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, terrell. asian markets got a big boost of the fiscal cliff agreement. hong kong's hang sang gained nearly 3% and south korea's kospi added nearly 2%. tokyo's nikkei was closed. and wall street is primed for a big day. futures are up and they're coming up a strong finish to 2012. on the last trading day of the year, the dow added 166 points, while the nasdaq gained 59 points. >> while investors have reacted positively to the deal, it's going to result in less money to your paycheck. washington leaders decided to discontinue the social security tax cut enacted two years ago. the so-called payroll tax will rise from 4.2% to 6.2%. that means a person making $50,000 a year will see about a $1,000 a year more taken from their paycheck.
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the bill headed to president obama also contains a provision of averting the so-called dairy cliff. the legislation extends part of the 2008 farm bill through september. an expiration of federal dairy programs could have resulted in milk prices doubling within a few weeks. but it appears the house will not vote on a measure for providing aid to victims of hurricane sandy. the senate passed a $60 billion on friday, but house leaders say they have abandoned a vote on a smaller aid package. more than $2 billion in federal funds has been spend on superstorm relief efforts. and hundreds of thousands of minimum wage workers are seeing a bump in their paycheck. on tuesday, ten states raised their minimum wage levels. the adjustments were automatic in nine of those states resulting in an average minimum wa
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wage of $8.12 an hour. washington state has the largest increase at $9.19 an hour. terrell, it's also good to see them getting an increase. >> i was about to say. giving us a bit of good news for a change. ashley morrison here in new york. hillary clinton continues to be treated for a blood clot in her head. the clot was discovered during a follow-up exam for a concussion. she's being treated for blood thinners and is expected to make a full recovery. overseas ten palestinian yns were wounded in fighting with israeli troops. the clashes started when und undercover israeli soldiers entered the town. the israelis fired tear gas and rubber bullets. when we come back on the "morning news" on a wednesday, spill fears. stormy seas and a grounded rig risking a disastrous leak of thousands of gallons of fuel. this is the "morning news." f thousands of gallons of fuel. this is the "morning news."
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a stampede on new year's eve in angola killed at least ten people, including four children. at least 120 others were injured. it happened at an evangelical event in the nation's capital. organizers say they were expecting 70,000 people but a lot more showed up, and a stampede started when only two of the four gates were open. the coast guard is keeping a close eye on an oil drilling rig that ran aground off the coast of alaska on monday. the vessel is being battered by high seas and adding to the trouble, it's holding thousands of gallons of diesel fuel. officials say there's no sign the vessel is leaking. lee cowan is taking a look at an effort to prevent an environmental disaster. >> reporter: severe weather has complicated efforts to determine the damage to the 256-foot drill barge called the kulluk. the concern is not for the crew. all 18 aboard were evacuated by the coast guard. the worry is the more than 160
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gallons of diesel fuel and oil locked deep in the rig's hull all being relentlessly battered by waves as high as four-story buildings. we spoke by phone with cap pan paul mehler in anchor raj. >> where it sits on the rocks, this is going to be a very challenging response of smart people. >> reporter: more than 500 people are involved in staging equipment nearby to help contain any leak or spill. >> there's always a threat. there's still very heavy seas. that's why we're moving with all the response equipment and preparing. >> reporter: the kulluk doesn't have its own propulsion. it was being towed for maintenance when it broke free. it's being used largely for test shelling. that exploration has been opposed by environmentalists out of fear the arctic's harsh conditions are no match for the even the most robust equipment. shell says the $290 million
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kulluk is made to withstand ice and its reinforced steel hull should protect the oil tanks. they want to get down in there to check up close for damage of leaks. if all is well, the next course is to try to see how to get the kulluk off the rocks if that's even possible in the first place. lee cowan, cbs news, los angeles. the governor of pennsylvania plans to sue the ncaa in federal court. over the stiff sanctions filed on penn state. it included a $60 million fine. governor tom corbett is expected to announce the specifics of the lawsuit today. penn state is not part of that lawsuit. up next, your wednesday morning weather. and in sports, a monster hit turns the tide in the outback bowl. that and more college ball highlights when we come back. that and more college ball highlights when we come back. ever.
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midwest and santa ana winds with blow through southern california with gusts up to 50 miles an hour. in sports this morning lots of new year's day bowl games. in the orange bowl, northern illinois pulled a fake punch in the first. got them a first down. but the seminoles were too strong. lonnie pryor racked up a career-high 134 yards and two t.d.s and only five carries. florida state takes the orange bowl, 31-10 over the huskies. to the rose bowl now, he gets the ball on the reverse and dashes 16 yards for the score. that gave stanford the early lead. fourth quarter and goal. he gets stopped at the line. badgers again at the fourth. kirk philips gets picked off. that's it. they beat the badgers. wisconsin now loses three consecutive rose bowls. to the outback bowl, look at this. does it look like a first down? the refs say yes, the south cl coin
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carolina coach can't believe it. what? smith's helmet goes flies. he loses the ball. gamecocks recover. south carolina takes the lead on a 31-yard touchdown pass. michigan answers with 17 yards scoring toss there. they're now up by one, but south carolina isn't done. they get into the end zone in the final moments of regulation. gamecocks stop michigan 33-28 to win the outback bowl. in basketball, the clippers' 17-game winning streak is over. finishing with 14 points. clippers were out of sync here in the fourth. they were called for a shot clock violation. it's l.a.'s first loss since november 26th. dramatic finish in new york. carmelo anthony gets the knicks within three. he finishes with a season-high 45 points. he gets a chance to tie at the
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here's a look at here's a look at the weather in some cities toward country. in washington, becoming sunny, 38 degrees. mostly sunny in atlanta, 54. partly cloudy in st. louis, 32. partly sunny in denver, 35, and partly sunny in seattle, 44 degrees. the colorful 124th rose parade was held in pasadena, california, on new year's day. the emotional high point of the event, a surprise reunion between a soldier and his family. rachel kim of has the story.
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i was extremely nervous, extremely. >> reporter: as sergeant first class eric pazz came down colorado boulevard with other members of the canines with courage float he had a front seat to the crowds but there were only two people he was looking for. >> one of the guys back behind me is get off the float, man, get off the float. there is where you have to get off. >> with a rose in hand he walked to his wife miriam and 4-year-old son eric jr. who both thought daddy was still in afghanistan. in moments a family reunited after seven long months. >> i turn around an & there he is and i'm like, oh, my gosh. and i'm trying to get, you know, eric to see, look who's over there, look who's over there. >> immediately, you know, i was trying to choke back cheers. i picked up my son, i grabbed my wife, i missed you guys so much. i love both of you. >> reporter: sergeant pazz was chosen for this moment a month ago by his superiors in
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afghanistan. miriam had no idea. she got a call a week ago that she won a contest to come to l.a. from germany to see the parade. >> there's no way to describe it. i'm really thankful they chose my husband. it's overwhelming. >> reporter: out of so many deserving soldiers in afghanistan, sergeant pazz said he was nominated and selected for his numerous deployments, valor awards, being wounded in service, and his family situation. >> it's great honor to represent all the soldiers over there doing all these great things every day that don't get recognized. >> reporter: the couple was shy in front of the camera. >> yo look beautiful. >> reporter: but they wanted to share this embrace for all service mecmbers who can't be with their families today. >> ah. you see these reunions all the time and they never get old, right? i love it. that was kcbs's rachel kim this morning. coming after after your local news on "cbs this morning," the reaction to the last-minute agreement to avert the fiscal cliff.
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a brazen new year's eve a brazen new year's eve robbery at apple's flagship store in paris. armed robbers broke in monday night about three hours after closing. reports say they made off with just over a million dollars worth of computers, iphones, and ipads. i wonder if they can track that stuff though. the paris newspaper said the thieves got into the store by threatening a security guard at the back entrance. this week marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the emancipation proclamation by president abraham lincoln. the order freed most slaves in the south as michelle miller reports this morning helped african-americans take on a new vision of themselves. >> reporter: many of these images have never been seen by the public, taken between 1860 and 1880. they show newly freed blacks in elegant dress looking poised and confident.
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history professor barbara krauthamer has studied them for ten years. what is it they're trying to convey in these pictures? i think after emancipation, after 1863 and the emancipation proclamation, the pictures were a way of reaffirming that freedom and a sense of dignity and humanity that accompanied freedom. >> reporter: more than a thousand of the photos were discovered in archives in libraries across the country. like here at the schomber research center in harlem where a dozen of them are on display to mark the proclamation's anniversary. the photographs are also part of a new book co-written by krauthamer called "a vision of emancipation." >> i think it gave every african-american person a sense of hope and a sense of inspiration.
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>> reporter: what was it about posing in uniform? >> look at them. they're so dignified but they're the epitome of manhood, of patriotism, of honor. there really was a sense that they were fighting for their people and for their nation. >> reporter: in this family photograph, the various skin complexions of the children exposed one of slavery's most disturbing legacies. so all of these are black children? >> yes. it's supposed to speak in part to the sexual abuse of enslaving women by their masters and by other slave-holding men in the south. >> reporter: nearly all of the pictures were taken by black photographers. >> for free black people in the 19th century in the united states, photography proved to be a very powerful and important way of representing themselves as americans, as intellectuals, as artists. >> reporter: a view of freedom put in focus by a lens. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," the latest from capitol hill on
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narrowly averting the fiscal cliff. we'll hear from ohio republican representative steve latourette, plus an update on the oil drilling rig that ran aground in alaska, and we're joined by the ceo of weight watchers international. that is your "morning news" on this wednesday. i'm terrell brown. thank you, everybody. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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i'm elizabeth wenger. frank i'm elizabeth wenger. frank and michelle are off this morning. time is 4- >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. good morning. it is wednesday, january 2. i'm elizabeth wenger. frank and michelle are off this morning. time now 4:29. so it's just us. >> this year is just zooming by
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already. >> i can't believe it! >> it's cold around the bay area. >> i noticed that as soon as i woke up this morning. >> freezing temperatures. out the door the temperatures are plummetting and continuing to drop. 20s now in some of the north bay and east bay valleys. 30s even around the bay. 40s at the coastline. we'll talk about that coming up. it is a good ride so far as you work your way out on the freeways right now. you can see a live look here at the golden gate bridge where not a lot is going on. so we'll see light traffic. a lot of folks are off. >> are people taking the whole week? let's hope so. thank you. well, our top story, it came down to a late-night vote on capitol hill. but the house has approved a senate bill aimed at preventing across-the-board cuts and hikes. once president obama has signed the will take effect retroactively to the start of the new year. tara mergener reports many critical issues are unresolved. reporter: after months of debating and back room

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